I have wanted to eat at Corner Table for a very long time and last week I was lucky enough to finally check it out. Corner Table is a restaurant where you could consider their level of “localness” obsessive. When we entered it was early and the staff of the front of the house was doing finishing touches for dinner service. We were greeted by an extremely friendly server who seemed to know absolutely every detail about the menu, which is not easy when there are lots of courses and complicated cooking techniques. I decided to order the morel tasting menu which he highly recommended and it was the last night they were serving it. The server informed me there was a wine pairing to go with it. I am not a big wine drinker so I asked if he could pair my meal with their great beer selection and he obliged.
I started the first course with a little morel hush puppie and some sort of bright green ramp sauce. As visually appealing as the hush puppie looked it fell flat on flavor. I couldn’t taste the morels and it lacked salt.
The next course was white asparagus wrapped in lardo with pickled mustard seeds and ramps. This course was a slam dunk. Bright, fresh, clean flavors and flawless execution.
The third course was a morel custard with a baked egg and grilled bread. On paper this was a very delicious dish but a lack of seasoning unfortunately compromised bringing this dish to the next level.
The ramp and asparagus risotto was creamy and rich however, the lack of seasoning again prevented this dish from being excellent.
The asparagus salad with a poached egg was a knockout dish and luckily this was seasoned to perfection.
Finally, the pièce de résistance was the seared duck breast with a black trumpet jus and fava beans. This dish was seasoned beautifully and the duck was a gorgeous medium rare with an unbelievable sauce.
This all being said, this is a great restaurant with great service. Our server paired every course with great beer beautifully for me. I tend to always like my food on the saltier side and excluding seasoning issues the execution and flavors were right on the money. If you are a wine person this is definitely a place you should check out.